The Art Detective by Philip Mould audiobook

The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures

By Philip Mould
Read by James Langton

Tantor Audio
7.13 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781400186983

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What separates a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Thanks to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and its American spin-off, everyone is searching garage sales and hunting online for hidden gems, wondering whether their attics contain trash or treasures. In The Art Detective, Philip Mould, one of the world's foremost authorities on British portraiture and an irreverent and delightful expert for the Roadshow, serves up his secrets and his best stories, blending the technical details of art detection and restoration with juicy tales peopled by a range of eccentric collectors, scholars, forgers, and opportunities. Each chapter focuses on one particular painting and the mystery that surrounds it. Mould is our trusty detective, tracking down clues, uncovering human foibles, and following hunches until the truth is revealed. Mould is known for his ability to crack the toughest puzzles, and whether he's writing about a fake Norman Rockwell, a hidden Rembrandt, or a lost Gainsborough, he brings both the art and the adventure to life. The Art Detective is memoir, mystery, art history, and brilliant yarn all rolled into one.

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Summary

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What separates a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Thanks to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and its American spin-off, everyone is searching garage sales and hunting online for hidden gems, wondering whether their attics contain trash or treasures. In The Art Detective, Philip Mould, one of the world's foremost authorities on British portraiture and an irreverent and delightful expert for the Roadshow, serves up his secrets and his best stories, blending the technical details of art detection and restoration with juicy tales peopled by a range of eccentric collectors, scholars, forgers, and opportunities.

Each chapter focuses on one particular painting and the mystery that surrounds it. Mould is our trusty detective, tracking down clues, uncovering human foibles, and following hunches until the truth is revealed. Mould is known for his ability to crack the toughest puzzles, and whether he's writing about a fake Norman Rockwell, a hidden Rembrandt, or a lost Gainsborough, he brings both the art and the adventure to life. The Art Detective is memoir, mystery, art history, and brilliant yarn all rolled into one.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Mould proves he is wonderful storyteller, thanks in part to Langton's able performance. AudioFile
“Art historian Mould provides an accessible introduction to the world of art dealing, inviting the listener along as he tracks down the provenance of paintings—including a Thomas Gainsborough. His vignettes are fascinating…and they are deftly delivered by James Langton, whose crisp English accent coupled with an assertive, authoritative handling of the material proves delightful.” Publishers Weekly
“Mould proves he is wonderful storyteller, thanks in part to Langton’s able performance.” AudioFile
“Mould writes like a born storyteller, revealing enough of his craft in these highly literate ‘war stories’ to pull in the layman reader and inform those who want to know a little about identifying and restoring art works without bogging down his yarns with needless minutia. Remarkably, given Mould’s stature in the world of art dealing, he devotes little space to self-congratulation, admirable modesty that makes his prose all the more endearing and the man all the more fascinating.” Booklist

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English